Common carotid artery pseudoaneurysm after neck dissection: Colour Doppler ultrasound and multidetector computed tomography findings

N. Flor, F. Sardanelli, G. Ghilardi, A. Tentori, G. Franceschelli, G. Felisati, G. P. Cornalba

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Common carotid artery pseudoaneurysm is a rare disease, which has been previously unreported in association with neck dissection. We describe the Doppler ultrasound and multidetector computed tomography (CT) findings of a case of carotid pseudoaneurysm, one month after pharyngolaryngectomy with bilateral neck dissection. Multidetector CT confirmed the diagnosis made on the basis of Doppler ultrasound; the high image quality of axial and three-dimensional reconstructions avoided the need for pre-operative conventional angiography. In the presence of a pulsatile cervical mass after neck surgery, pseudoaneurysm of the carotid artery should be included in the differential diagnosis, and multidetector CT can be the sole pre-operative diagnostic imaging modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-500
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2007



  • Colour Doppler Ultrasonography
  • Computed Tomography
  • False Aneurysm
  • Internal Carotid Artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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